MarCO’s tiny, twin CubeSats have captured the attention of the entire world!
Their successful voyage to Mars — and the demonstration that smaller, less exquisite assets like these backpack-sized CubeSats can provide powerful support to missions, such as the data/communications relay proven with MarCOs A and B when the InSight Lander arrived at Mars on Monday, November 26, 2018 — is a giant leap forward for CubeSat technology, and a source of pride and excitement for the entire SmallSat community!
MMA is thrilled to have been involved in this milestone technology demonstration by providing space power to the MarCO CubeSats with our first, dual-axis deployment HaWK solar arrays. From all reports, our HaWKs surpassed power estimates on their interplanetary mission to the red planet, and now, BEYOND!
Learn more about this historic mission, and MarCO’s role in it, around the web:
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A beautiful image of Mars from a MarCO CubeSat
Congratulations to the ASTERIA mission for winning SmallSat Mission of the Year at the 2018 SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah! MMA is proud and excited to have our HaWK Solar Arrays flying on this mission currently. For more about our ASTERIA HaWKs, please click here.
The Insight mission launched on schedule from Vandenburg Air force base in California on May 5 at 4:45 am. When NASA’s Insight mission launched, it was accompanied by two identical, backpack-size satellites collectively called Mars Cube One, or MarCO.
The power system on the MarCO cubesats includes MMA’s HaWK Solar Arrays, and from all reports, the HaWKs deployed successfully and the power system is working flawlessly!
MarCO-A and MarCO-B (aka Wall-E and Eva) are officially the smallest satellites ever sent past the moon on an interplanetary journey! The MarCO cubesat pair were deployed from the launch vehicle separately from the Insight Lander, and while they are carrying their own communications and navigation experiments as they fly independently to the Red Planet, their job is to radio back data about InSight while it enters the atmosphere and descends to the planet’s surface. By proving that CubeSats are a viable technology for interplanetary missions, and feasible on a short development timeline, this technology demonstration could lead to many other applications to explore and study our solar system.
Check out this awesome video which shows the MarCO cubesats in action.
MMA is proud and thrilled to be part of this exciting mission!
The team celebrated on May 4 in anticipation of the launch with MarCO-ritas to commemorate this exciting milestone.
MMA’s HaWK Solar Arrays are ready to provide essential power to MarCO cubesats, which are now integrated on the Atlas V vehicle at Vandenburg AFB, and ready for their launch window on May 5th.
MarCO is the first cubesat mission into deep space!
MarCO is sharing the launch with the InSight Mission and will fly separately to Mars. The Atlas V rocket that will loft InSight beyond Earth will also launch a separate NASA technology demonstration: two mini-spacecraft called Mars Cube One, or MarCO. These briefcase-sized CubeSats will fly on their own path to Mars behind InSight. Their goal is to test new miniaturized deep space communication equipment and, if the MarCOs make it to Mars, may relay back InSight data as it enters the Martian atmosphere and lands. This will be a first test of miniaturized CubeSat technology at another planet, which researchers hope can offer new capabilities to future missions.
Find out more about this exciting mission, and see our HaWK solar arrays in action in this video from JPL.
If successful, the MarCOs could represent a new kind of communication capability to Earth!
MMA will be exhibiting next month at the 34th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado! Come by to discuss the endless POSSIBILITIES of working with MMA! We will be in Booth 1427 from Monday, April 16 through Thursday, April 19.
Sign up here for a meeting time to discuss your mission needs, or just come by the booth to check out new hardware!
With support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program, MMA Design created a steerable solar array for CubeSats that incorporates processes typically used on larger, more complex and more expensive spacecraft. MMA’s effort on the HaWK is highlighted in the latest Air Force SBIR/STTR Success Story.
Read more about the Air Force SBIR/STTR program here.
The U.S. Air Force recently recognized MMA Design for its Tibbetts Award win. MMA is grateful for the support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, and honored to receive recognition for the positive impact our innovative products are having in the space industry.
To see the full press release from the 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office, click here.
We are thrilled and honored to announce that MMA Design LLC has won a 2016 Tibbetts Award!
The Tibbetts Award is in recognition of our unique and outstanding work on AFRL and NASA programs that have contributed to the overall success of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Companies are evaluated on the basis of technical innovation, business impact, and broader social and economic benefit.
Our President & COO, Mitch Wiens, was in Washington D.C. in January to accept the award in person.
Read more about the Tibbetts Awards and see a complete list of this year’s winners in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s press release, or check out the MMA Design company write-up in the official awards ceremony program on page 39.
You can also see photographs from the event in Washington D.C. here, where you will see MMA’s photos on pages 68 and 69.
President and COO, Mitch Wiens, accepts a 2016 Tibbetts Award.
The MMA antenna team achieved a significant milestone in the DaHGR development by successfully completing a RF range test of a DaHGR antenna. The DaHGR antenna performed as designed and measured RF loss as the result of folding was within allocated budget.
MMA will design and deliver our 90 W eHaWK-2PLUS tracking solar array to support the LunaH-Map mission.